Has the Meghalaya government purchased second-hand ambulances to be used for 108 emergency services in the state?

The question is being asked by many after Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma along with health minister A.L. Hek inspected 25 ambulances with basic life support procured through the Chief 4Minister’s Relief Fund for COVID19.

The new fleet of ambulances will be utilised by the 108 team of first responders.

One of the ambulances seen in the pictures shared by Meghalaya chief minister Sangma on his Twitter handle has the registration number of Uttar Pradesh, UP32-MN-7608.

The question is, if the ambulance has already been registered with the UP registration number, why is the state government buying second-hand vehicles?

Clarification from the government has not come on this issue.

While sharing pictures of the ambulances on his Twitter handle, chief minister Sangma said: “Inspected the 25 ambulances with Basic Life Support procured through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for #COVID19.”

“The ambulances are brought specially during this time and will be utilised by our 108 Team of first responders,” he added.

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